Tuesday, September 22, 2009  
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Quote of the Week
“The $75,000 Federal Grant money has been earmarked towards a committee interested in the adaptive restoration of the Historic Coleman Collieries Tipple.”
- Shar Lazzarotto  
- Economic Development  
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While the progress of the legal dispute between the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass and the Chinook Educational Consortium remains unknown, council has voted in favour of several big changes at the community facility.
After an in camera session at their meeting on Tuesday, September 15, each of the four councillors who have opposed the status quo at the Centre had a motion to make that will alter the facility’s future.
Councillor Dean Ward moved that the municipality assert control of management and operation of the Centre in order to mitigate any further liability to the municipality. The motion was passed by a 4-2 vote, Mayor John Irwin and Councillor Larry Mitchell opposed.
In essence, this means that the Crowsnest Centre Society will no longer be charged with operating the facility. The Centre will instead be governed directly by the municipality.
What effect this will have on the facility’s operational budget remains to be seen.
To accompany this change, Councillor David Cole moved that council honour all currently confirmed bookings at the Centre. The motion was passed.
 
Councillor Ian MacLeod then moved that the municipality advertise for a period of four weeks, seeking proposals to operate the newer wing of the Centre, including the banquet facility and the rooms. The motion was passed by the same 4-2 vote as the first. This indicates that a similar situation as the current one will exist at the Centre, only with a different governance, funding, and employment structure in place.
Next, Councillor John Salus moved that council seek a Writ of Possession for the part of the Centre currently occupied by the Educational Consortium. The motion passed by a 4-2 vote. A Writ of Possession is essentially a court order for the occupant to immediately evict or be evicted by law enforcement officers.
The Consortium is currently remaining at their space at the Centre, where they are getting into their fall semester of post-secondary courses. Lethbridge College, one of the controlling interests in the Consortium, has stated that they feel they have a valid lease in place and thus have the right to remain in the facility.
Lastly, Councillor Cole moved that council direct their legal representative to negotiate with the Consortium for relocation. This was passed by a 4-2 vote. The Consortium has previously stated that they do not feel there is another suitable location for them within the community.
Lisa Sygutek, Chairperson of the Board states, “administration has not yet given our board formal notice to vacate the facility, but when they do, they will deal with it in a proper and legal manner”.
Sygutek notes that council only has power to remove the board from the management of the Centre, “Council does not have the right to dissolve the society itself.
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